Beaune town guide
Visitors will find Beaune accessible by hire car from the main routes A26 and A6 near to Dijon. An important town in Burgundy whose specialities can be guessed from the French translation of the name for the area: Bourgogne, the bouguignonne life style is epitomised by the rich beef dish which takes its name.
It is likely that most visitors will be on the trail of the rich red wines of Burgundy. There are a couple of good places to do some homework before committing yourselves to buying. You will be attracted to the Hotel Dieu de Hospices de Beaune, originally built as a hospital in the fifteenth century, this building now houses the Musee de Vins de Bourgogne which will give you some insights into the art of winemaking. The next one is actually a kind of wine market, where you can try a wide variety at the March au Vins. It is recommended that you use a metal wine tasting cup which is said to enhance the flavours.
After this experience, using your hire car is probably not a very good idea, so perhaps joining a guided walk or visiting the Musee de Beaux-Arts will build up an appetite for dinner.